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Straight, Queer, or Academic?

It almost never fails: You partner with a colleague from a different department or institution to apply for a grant, lead a workshop, teach a graduate seminar together, or write an article, and the next thing you know, word on the street has the two of you getting married or booking a clothing-optional cruise to Costa Rica.

And why not? Academic coupling—defined here as scholarly partnerships—seems inherently suspicious given the angsty tenor of most institutions these days. Research partners are surely expensive (two salaries), disingenuous (they don't really do the work of two people), potential traitors to their own disciplines and the institutional turf those disciplines occupy, and politically insidious (they're their own power bloc). It's a dangerous liaison, which is why there must be something else going on to make it worth the risk.

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